Senior Profile: Andy Witten

What is your major and minor? What other academic programs were you a part of?

Business Administration Major, Sports Management Minor. ODK, ODE, Trumpeters, Pi Gamma Mu Honors Societies

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

Tutor/ Teacher Assistant, Student Ambassador (Tour Guide and Phone Calling)

What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?

Punter/ Kicker on the football team and was a member of the leadership committee, President of the Jewish Student Union, member of Green Life, member of Ultimate Frisbee club, member of Alpha Phi Omega.

Have you enjoyed your time at McDaniel? If so, what did you enjoy the most?

I have absolutely loved my time here on the hill. Ever since I set foot on campus I knew that I was home. The friendly nature of the people around me and the extent of the opportunities I have been provided through McDaniel has been amazing.

Who do you think was/is your best mentor?

There have been so many influential people throughout my time here at McDaniel, from the coaching staff, to my professors, as well as the rest of the administrative figures that I have had the pleasure of interacting with. Overall though, I would say that someone who has been a constant when it comes to a support and guidance point of view would be Dr. McKay. She has always been there for the football team as well as the rest of McDaniel athletics along with being a professor here on campus and she truly is our number one fan who wants to see us become the best version of ourselves.

Describe your favorite memory at McDaniel.

It has to be the most recent Homecoming game, being able to see all of the alumni, family and friends, and people from the community back on campus as one was a memory I will never forget. Football in general has been something I will hold onto forever being able to continue my career here, and experiences like homecoming makes it so much cooler.

What are some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

This would definitely be starting off Sophomore year completely normal just to be uprooted during the spring semester and have to adapt to the new normal come my Junior year and still trying to keep people involved within the various organizations I was in as well as keep myself in check in terms of academics, athletics, and work as well.

What are your plans for after graduation?

Currently I am interning with the Baltimore Orioles within the Ballpark operations portion of the ball club. With this, I hope to continue to build off of this experience with one of the Philadelphia sports teams as it is much closer to home. Though I would never be against staying close to McDaniel and maybe pursuing a job with one of the Baltimore teams as well… tbd. 

What advice would you give yourself as a first-year student at McDaniel?

 It has to be to always take a chance on a given opportunity. If you ever have the chance to try something new and the only thing holding you back is what if I do not like it, or what if I am not good enough, you might as well take the risk and worst case never do it again.

Where do you see the world in 10 years?

Hopefully cleaner and more friendly.

How do you reflect on your senior year during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic?

I am honestly quite happy to see that even though the pandemic was amongst us for a good portion of my college career, myself and others still found a way to make the most of our time here. From hosting outdoor events like Shabbat Friday bonfires and s’mores, to football practices with only a few guys on the field at a time, it may not have been the go to plan, but in the end we saw great results and continued to be as involved as possible.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the McDaniel community?

Thank you to everyone who has had an impact on my time here at McDaniel. It has honestly been an absolute pleasure and I look forward to keeping in touch with as many of you as possible. Professors, Students, faculty and staff alike, we are all Green Terrors and oh boy do we know how to tailgate.